Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time displays hours, minutes, date and a second time zone with a blued steel hand. The design of this watch subscribes to the house style, delivering information in a highly lucid and graceful manner.

This detailed review of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time includes live images, specification details and pricing.

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Time is a scarce resource. Indeed, there seldom seems enough time to achieve all the tasks required to be undertaken. Modern day life often necessitates juggling a multitude of jobs at once. For some people this can even require managing tasks in two different places. The dual time watch can be a godsend for such individuals. Thankfully, the frenetic pace implied by managing life in two locations is countered by the calmness bestowed with the new Jaquet Droz Grand Seconde Dual Time.

An ivory Grand Feu enamel dial yields a sense of serenity. Five hands indicate an array of meanings and advance in clockwise motion with an endearing equanimity. All is calm and the perfect antithesis to juggling time in two different locales.

The dial

The hour and minutes are positioned in the northern hemisphere of the dial. Red gold lancine hour and minute hands partner Roman numerals to proclaim the prevailing time.

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Below the hour and minutes display, a large seconds display traverses a large, off-centre dial. The dial is marked with Arabic numerals each 10-second integer with small dots positioned in between. This dial is framed with a lithesome chemin-de-fer and a slender, elongated red gold seconds hand reinforcing the graceful mien of the timepiece.

Sunken beneath the epidermis of the dial is a 24 hour home-time display, featuring a blued steel hand. Encircling this display is a 31-day date display utilising a red-tipped hand.

Although the dial is not as sparsely populated as some Jaquet Droz models it remains simple to read. Moreover, those of superstitious temperament will appreciate the luck proffered with the entwined upper and lower displays that form a figure of ‘8’.

A dual time display, by its very nature, is usually more cluttered than a watch which merely proclaims the hours and minutes. However, in this instance, Jaquet Droz has managed to impart much information with a becoming brevity, absent of clutter.

The case

Measuring 43mm in diameter, the 18-carat red gold case exudes a graceful air. The lugs are long, but sharply taper downwards. The case band is bowl-like in form, again bestowing a high quotient of elegance.

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The crown is adorned with the brand’s logo, twin stars in resplendent form, on its vertical flank. It is knurled adjacent the case band but smooth near its vertical flank. The grip on the crown facilitates ease of manipulation.

Gracing the rear of the case, a pane of sapphire crystal accords the wearer sight of the self-winding movement.

The ‘rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap’ underscores the sumptuous character of the timepiece.

The movement

The Jaquet Droz 2663H24 is a self-winding mechanical movement featuring a state of the art silicon balance spring. Twin barrels collaborate to deliver 65 hours of autonomy.

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The movement is beautifully finished. The flat bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève rayonnantes with each stripe wonderfully resolved. The 18-carat red gold oscillating mass is partly open-worked. The bridges feature exquisite bevelled edges and the screws are adorned with chamfered rims. The slots for the jewels are wonderfully polished.

Interestingly, while this movement subscribes to tradition with its glorious finishing, it also looks to the future with the aforementioned use of silicon and the balance wheel oscillating to a contemporary 28,800 vph (4Hz).

Closing remarks

Jaquet Droz seem adept at crafting handsome timepieces, imbued with a notable dose of grace. Despite featuring several indications, the dial does not overburden the wearer with too much information. Moreover, at no stage does the dial appear cluttered or difficult to read. Indeed, the display presented is a paragon of succinct style.

The case is fascinating to behold. It is not unduly large, measuring 43mm in diameter but is of sufficient scale to allow all dial indications to be easily read. The wrist feel is pleasant and the curving lugs ensure a comfortable union with the left arm when the watch is worn. Furthermore, the strap brims with sumptuous luxury and, courtesy of its soft leather, augments wearer comfort.

The movement blends traditional watchmaking craftsmanship with modern day know-how. The silicon hair spring, together with the twin barrels, helps deliver an impressive power reserve of 65 hours.

Life can be challenging, especially when coping with numerous, competing wants for our time. Moreover, it is difficult to be in two places at once. However, this interesting timepiece from Jaquet Droz allows us to juggle the time in two locations, courtesy of a dial which exudes a wonderful sense of calm.

Technical specification

  • Model: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time
  • Reference: J016033200
  • Case: 18-carat reg gold; diameter 43mm; height 13.13mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; seconds; date; second time zone.
  • Movement: Jaquet Droz 2663H24; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 42 jewels; power reserve 65 hours
  • Strap: Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap’ presented with a 18-carat red gold pin buckle

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